4 tips to be mindful of when mattress shopping

January 29, 2015

If there's anything that the average American probably doesn't get enough of, it's sleep. Due to hectic work schedules and even busier family activity plans, it can be hard to find extra shuteye, as few people can say that they regularly get eight hours of sleep on a nightly basis.

What can often improve sleep quality is the mattress that you use. However, all too often, people stick with the ones they have because they find the selection process to be overwhelming.

A new study from the Better Sleep Council says that consumers have a lot of frustrations when heading into the mattress shopping process, like not knowing when the best time is to buy, how much they should spend, and feeling strange testing mattresses out in front of everybody.

"Sleep is critical to your quality of life, and it starts with a comfortable and supportive mattress set," said Terry Cralle, a spokesperson for the BSC.

She added that with May being Better Sleep Month, this is the perfect time to buy a new mattress if it's been several years since you last bought one or have always been less than satisfied with what you're using now.

Take a look at these shopping tips from the BSC. They may give you the information you need to ensure yourself a good night's rest from now on.

1. Shop around for a good store. There are numerous stores that specialize in mattresses, many with a team of professionals who specialize in what makes for a quality, comfortable bed. Ask your friends for suggestions on a particular company. Or, if you know of companies in your area, peruse each store to get a feel for each location and what offerings are available.

2. Make use of retail associates. If you don't know much about mattresses, you're not alone. That's why stores have staff. All too frequently, though, these sleep experts aren't used. If you have a question about something, don't hesitate to ask it - even if you think it might be silly. They're there to help.

3. 'Test drive' your new mattress. You wouldn't buy a new car without taking it for a spin, right? The same standard applies to mattress shopping. Once you spot a mattress of interest, try it out by lying on it in different positions. If you feel uneasy or awkward - don't. Everyone who is there to shop is doing the same thing.

4. Don't rush. About one-third of your day is spent in bed, or at least ought to be. So you probably can't tell how comfortable a bed is in a couple of minutes. In whatever position you usually are in when sleeping, maintain it for a good 10 to 15 minutes when you're testing out what mattress to haul home.

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